Documenting Dutch Culture

Program Dates: June 3, 2024 - June 20, 2024

Documenting Dutch Culture will provide a historical and intercultural communication context in which today’s students can explore their contemporary understanding of Northern European culture through documentary and travel photography. Through readings, photo critiques, class discussion and visits to points of interest in Amsterdam and The Hague, students will be able to understand the impact of Dutch culture on the rest of the world. The program starts at Schiphol airport where students will fly in with the program leaders from Charlotte Douglas airport. The students will also fly back with the program leader to the Charlotte Douglas airport. 



Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. Amsterdam's main attractions include its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the state museum with a vast collection Dutch Gold Age art; the Van Gogh Museum; the Dam Square, where the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and former city hall (stadhuis) are located; the Amsterdam Museum; Stedelijk Museum, with modern art; Hermitage Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw concert hall; the Anne Frank House; the Scheepvaartmuseum, the Heineken Experience, the Natura Artis Magistra; Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, and NEMO. The city is also well known for its nightlife and festival activity; with several of its nightclubs (Melkweg, Paradiso) among the world's most famous. Primarily known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow canal houses with gabled façades; well-preserved legacies of the city's 17th-century Golden Age, and the establishment of the Van Gogh Museum, displaying the work of the Netherlands' most famous modern artist, have attracted millions of visitors to Amsterdam annually.

The Hague is a city and municipality of the Netherlands, situated on the west coast facing the North Sea. The Hague is the country's administrative centre and its seat of government, and while the official capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, The Hague has been described as the country's de facto capital. The Hague is also the capital of the province of South Holland, and the city hosts both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. With a population of over half a million, it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. (Source: Wikipedia)



All program participants will be enrolled in both classes. 

Course Prefix

Course Name



COM 2124

Intercultural Communication


Lynette Holman

COM 4220



Philip Holman


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Lynette Holman
Associate Professor of Digital Journalism
Department of Communication

Dr. Lynette Holman (she/her/hers) has taught at App State since 2010. While she has worked for newspapers in Missouri and Alabama, most of her professional life was spent at The Virginian-Pilot, her hometown paper in Norfolk, Virginia. She has also worked in corporate communication at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Rosslyn, Virginia and in public relations and advertising at TateAustin (now Hahn Public) in Austin, Texas. 


Mr. Philip Holman
Adjunct Professor
Department of Communication

Philip Holman has been the Director of Marketing for Charleston Forge, a Boone furniture manufacturer, since 2011. Prior to moving to Boone, Philip worked for more than a decade as a photojournalist and a similar amount of time working at magnet arts schools teaching photography, graphic design, and animation. He has also taught both Photojournalism and in the Commercial Photography program for many years at AppState as an adjunct professor. This will be his second time taking students for a summer program to The Netherlands.

A native of the United Kingdom, Philip has travelled extensively in Europe and around the world including many trips to The Netherlands. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from James Madison University as well as a Master's degree in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia.


Philip and Lynette met in college, have been married 27 years, and have two children. Their daughter, Claudia, is 23 and son, Liam, is 19.

Program Cost: $4,173

Program cost includes most meals, lodging, and in-country transportation. 

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submiting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Estimated Additional Expenses


Tuition - Resident

$152.54 / credit hour

Tuition - Non-Resident

$172.54 / credit hour

Personal Expenses




Meals (not included in fee)





Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due



Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader.
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.